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Docent Academy Resources

MOHEGAN TRIBE

History
https://www.mohegan.nsn.us/explore/heritage/our-history 

Cultural Outreach
https://www.mohegan.nsn.us/community/involvement/cultural-outreach  

Native American Lesson Plans
https://www.mohegan.nsn.us/community/education/lesson-plans

Native American Resources
https://www.mohegan.nsn.us/community/education/relevant-links

First Indian War aka King Phillip’s War
Our Beloved Kin by Lisa Brooks
https://yale.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.12987/yale/9780300196733.001.0001/upso-9780300196733
https://ourbelovedkin.com/awikhigan/index 

Pequot War – 1636-1637
http://pequotwar.org/about/ 
https://connecticuthistory.org/topics-page/pequot-war/ 
https://www.colonialwarsct.org/1637.htm 

Videos:

The Mark of Uncas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDSVulkCWY

The Mark of Uncas – Cohegan Rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8ww94_L8v4

Tantaquidgeon Museum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohDSVulkCWY&t=2819s

NEW LONDON

Docent Academy – Week 1 Colonial to Contemporary Times – an outline by New London Historian Sally Ryan.

History of New London Connecticut: from the first survey of the coast in 1612 to 1860 by Frances Manwaring Caulkins.  Available for sale at NLCHS, or for loan at the Public Library of NL and Groton Library.

 

Week 2: Colonial Life on the Thames

Hempsted Houses, CT Landmarks
 
Shaw Mansion, NL County Historical Society
https://www.nlchs.org
 
 
Joshua Hempstead Diary.  The most recent edition is available for sale at the NLCHS.  A new edition with recently found material and newly edited with additional material left out of earlier editions by earlier transcribers, will be available for sale very soon.  At least two or three editions are in local libraries.
 
A Useful Friend: companion to the Joshua Hempstead Diary by Pat Schaefer.  This award winning book contains maps and an index to the last edition of the Diary (Diary itself only indexes people, this book indexes everything else).  It also includes a very good selection of articles written by Pat about subjects relating to life in Colonial New London/Groton.  
 
For Adam’s Sake: A family saga in Colonial New England by Allegra di Bonaventura.  A very rich story of New London in Colonial Days revolving around Joshua Hempstead’s enslaved person, Adam Jackson, but it is about so much more. Libraries best.  Might be available from NLCHS or CT Landmarks. Amazon has hardcover NEW for $6.50 (only three left in stock)  and Kindle for $9.97.
 
Prospero’s American: John Winthrop Jr;, Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture 1606-1676 by Walt Woodward  Libraries probably. $14.99 Kindle edition on Amazon.  Book is over $20.
 
Murder or Mayhem?:  Benedict Arnold’s New London, Connecticut Raid, 1781  by  Dr. Walter L. Powell.  Short and very good paperback on the Raid.

Week 3: The Revolutionary War on the Thames

Fort Griswold Battlefield and State Park
https://www.fortgriswold.org
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Fort-Griswold-Battlefield-State-Park/Overview 

The Battle of Groton Heights and the Burning of New London
https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/stateparks/parks/TheBattleofGrotonHeightsandtheBurningofNewLondonpdf.pdf

Ebenezer Avery House
https://averymemorialassociation.com/ebavery.htm
https://www.fortgriswold.org/the-ebenezer-avery-house/

Bill Memorial Library
https://www.billmemorial.org 

Griswold by Charles Allyn – The definitive collection of accounts of the Battle of Groton Heights.

The Battle of Groton Heights: A Story of the Storming of Fort Griswold and the Burning of New London on the Sixth of September 1781 by Norman Hammond Burnham (Author), Rufus Avery (Author), Avery Downer (Author) – includes The Narrative of Rufus Avery from the original manuscript and other interesting matter
handsomely illustrated by full-page engravings.

Jordan Freeman Was My Friend by Richard White – set against the backdrop of the American Revolution and based on a the real-life 1781 massacre at Fort Griswold in Connecticut, this fictional book tells the story about a friendship between eleven-year-old Billy Latham and former slave Jordan Freeman.

War Comes to Willy Freeman by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier – a novel. From Amazon: “Willy Freeman’s life changes forever when she witnesses her father’s death at the hands of the Redcoats and returns home to find that the British have taken her mother as a prisoner to New York City. Willy, disguised as a boy, begins her long search for her mother and luckily finds a haven at the famous Fraunces Tavern. But even with the help of Sam Fraunces and her fellow worker, Horace, Willy knows that to be Black, female, and free leaves her open to danger at every turn. What will tomorrow bring?” 
 
Videos:

Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5EdHVPXulg

The Battle of Fort Griswold by David Rose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHVwGU-pBgU

Fort Griswold // Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCrOafzl35w

Fort Griswold Battlefield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=108D7RXaMis

Fort Griswold – Groton Tercentennial Lecture Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ2NFCuQu48

Week 4: The Visitor Experience and Lyman Allyn Art Museum & the Arts on the Thames – Part I​

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
https://www.lymanallyn.org 

Additional resources to follow.

Week 5: The Irish Immigration Story and Whaling on the Thames

Irish Immigration Story on the Thames

Avery-Copp House Museum
https://www.averycopphouse.org

Avery-Copp House Museum – Docent Academy Program
thamesriverheritagepark.org/…/Docent-Academy-Avery-Copp-House-Museum-Program.pdf

Whaling on the Thames

Whaling and Desutschland Resources courtesy of Deborah Donovan

TRHP Whaling Tour Photos
https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/boat-tours/photos-whaling/  
Passcode: whaling 

Week 6: Speaking Tips, Guiding People with Special Needs, New London Black Heritage on the Thames

Public Speaking Tips

THRP Docent Academy – Speaking Skills Outline by Toastmaster’s Charlotte LaVesseur
https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/THRP-Docent-Academy-Speaking-Skills-Outline.pdf 

Guiding People with Special Needs

Disability Etiquette – Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities
https://www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf

New London Black Heritage Trail
https://visitnewlondon.org/black-heritage-trail/

New London Black Heritage Trail – 1 Page Map and Guide
https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Docent-Academy-Resource-NL-Black-Heritage-Trail-Map.pdf

 

A Discourse: Delivered at the Funeral of Mr. Ichabod Pease, (a Man of Color) In St. James’ Church, New-London, March 5th, 1842 (Classic Reprint) by Robert A. Hallam

Week 7: Gilded Age on the Thames

Gilded Age on the Thames  1870-1900

Monte Cristo Cottage
https://www.theoneill.org/mcc – in addition to general information on the cottage, this page includes an extensive list of resources on O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill Resource List 
https://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Eugene-ONeill-Resources.pdf – listing of resources on Eugene O’Neill compiled by Deborah Donovan

Videos:
Eugene O’Neill’s New London: Stories from the Park
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWO_YUYlCa8 

Pequot Chapel 
https://www.pequotchapel.org

Pequot Colony District – 1852 – 1930
livingplaces.com/…/Pequot_Colony_Historic_District

Week 8: Garde Arts Center & The Arts on the Thames - Part II

Week 9: The Military on the Thames

Deutschland 

Deutschland Epilogue (as of 2003)

First Submarine heading up the Thames – Circa 1916

Week 10: FORT TRUMBULL / Graduation

Social Media / YouTube / Trip Advisor

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Write a review about the Park and it’s heritage sites in Trip Advisor –https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33852-d12262029-Reviews-Thames_River_Heritage_Park-New_London_Mystic_Country_Connecticut.html  

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